Re: Records Appraisal Committee FAQ

Subject: Re: Records Appraisal Committee FAQ
From: Chris Lester <>
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 09:20:39 -0712 (EDT)
On 14 May 97 08:30:27 +1000 "TPALLISE.AU.ORACLE.COM" 
<> wrote:
>The recent communication regarding possible name changes to the Records 
>Appraisal Committee has resulted in a number of requests for more  
>information about the committee and the way it works.  Consequently I have 
>put together below a frequently asked questions page that may assist those 
>interested in the committee and in particular those contemplating a  
>Our thanks to all for their interest and support. 
>Tony Palliser   
>Chairman RAOU Records Appraisal Committee. 
>Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563   
>Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669 


Following up the notes from both Richard Nowotny and Stephen Ambrose about 
the RAC, I agree with Richard.  The RAC and its job are not well known in the 
broader birding community and information about it and its decisions is scarce. 

While there may be "regular" publications on the RAC's work in the RAOU Report 
Series, that does not get to many people.  I suggest that the RAC needs to have 
regular information in Wingspan about what it does, who the members are and 
who to contact if you have an unusual sighting that should go to the RAC.

As well, an annual summary of the RAC's case studies should also be published 
in Wingspan.  The American literature I read (e.g. ABA magazines) provides such 
information regularly to its general membership and I find it very interesting 
informative.  I think RAOU members would be similarly interested in the 
Australian equivalent.

That way, the RAC would lose much of its mystic and many more members 
might be tempted to submit their records.



Chris Lester
Project Manager, Ports
Coastal and Ports Policy Branch
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
7/250 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Phone: 61 3 9412 4987        Fax: 61 3 9412 4392

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